|Type||Independent School, boarding|
|Head of School||Chris Gorycki|
|Average class size||10–12 students|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Annual tuition||$62,700 (Boarding) $38,650 (Commute)|
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Programming
- 4 Campus
- 5 Gould people
- 6 Headmasters of the School
- 7 References
- 8 External links
In 1835 citizens of Bethel, Maine formed an organization as trustees of the Bethel High School. A hall was fitted up for a school-room and N. T. True was employed as principal. Encouraged by their success, the trustees reorganized and obtained a charter for an Academy, which by act of the Legislature on January 27, 1836, was incorporated as Bethel Academy. A building was erected, Isaac Randall was the first instructor, and the school opened for its first term on the second Wednesday of September, 1836.
Bethel Academy accepted its first tuition-paying students in 1836, both locals and boarders. Reverend Daniel Gould left his $842 fortune to the school when he died in 1843. Gould stipulated that the school be named for him; from then on it was known as Gould's Academy and eventually Gould Academy.
[Significant dates in the Gould family, pronounced as Gold, are: the 1836 year of the birth of Jay Gould (Jason Gould/Gold), were in family documents, there being noted, Daniel Miller II (1763–1839) the father of Daniel Stratton Miller (1798–1878) Married to Ann Kip Bailey, which is relative in those records as being a guardian of Helen Dey, born 1838, wife of Jay Gould, them having one of their 6 children a daughter named Helen Miller Gould born 1868, the town's first pastor who settled in 1799 from Cape Cod.]
In 1921, plans to build the Bingham Gymnasium were announced by then president Frank E. Hanscom. In 1933, construction began on Hanscom Hall. In 1936, the Academy earned accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
William Bingham II, who came to Bethel from Cleveland for John George Gehring's medical care, was a major school benefactor from the 1930s to his death in 1955 and thereafter via the Bingham Betterment Fund. Since the town of Bethel lacked a public high school, all local children were educated at Gould until 1969, when Telstar High School opened.
Core departments include English, History, Math, Science, Computer Science & Technology, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and World Languages. Gould offers honors and AP classes.
|English||History||Math||Science||Computer Science & Technology||Performing Arts||Visual Arts||World Languages||Advanced Placement® (AP)|
|World Literature||Human Geography||Algebra 1||Research Methods in Science||Computer Science||Chorus||Ceramics: Functional Form||Mandarin 1||English Language and Composition|
|European Literature||The West and the World||Geometry||Conceptual Physics||Introduction to Computer Science||Band||Art Foundations||Mandarin 2||English Literature and Composition|
|American Literature||US History||Algebra 2||Physics||Robotics and Programming||Piano & Keyboard Studies||Analog Black & White Photography||Mandarin 3||US History|
|Gothic Literature||Critical Reading on Genocide||Honors Algebra 2||Astronomy||Topics in Computer Science||Introduction to Music||Artist Blacksmithing||Mandarin 4||Government & Politics: Comparative|
|Forgotten Language||Critical Readings on the American Myth||Precalculus||Chemistry||Robotics & Engineering||Music Technology||Ceramics: Exploration of Form||Mandarin 5||Calculus AB|
|Creative Writing||Social Entrepreneurship||Honors Precalculus||Honors Chemistry||Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles||Introductory Music Theory||Ceramics: Alternative Firing Techniques||French 1||Calculus BC|
|Convergences: Literary Analysis and Criticism||Western Philosophy||Calculus||Biology||Arduinos and Electronics||Intermediate Music Theory||Composite Constructions||French 2||Statistics|
|Culture & Identity: Crossing Borders||Design Activism||Honors Senior Mathematics||Environmental Science||3D Design with CAD||History of Jazz: The Early Years||Digital Photography 1||French 3||Physics C: Mechanics|
|The SF of Climate Change Meets Design Thinking||Maine History||Mathematics of Financial Matters||Marine Science: Explorations of the Gulf of Maine||Foundations for Makers||Advanced Music Theory||Digital Photography 2||French 4||Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism|
|Banned Books & Films||Research Methods: Global Migrations||Ecology of the Androscoggin River||Drawing 1||French 5||Biology|
|Hip Hop: Race, Culture, & Art||Baseball & American Culture||Food Science and Systems||Drawing 2||Spanish 1||Chemistry|
|Literature of Adventure and Exploration||Dylan & American Culture||Fashion Drawing||Spanish 2|
|Presenting Psychology||Handbuilding||Spanish 3|
|Presenting Great Decisions||Introduction to Graphic Design||Spanish 4|
|Metal Design 1||Honors Spanish 4: Latin America Literature|
|Metal Design 2|
|Painting||Spanish 5: Latin American Literature|
|Slip Casting and Plaster Mold Making|
Gould operates on a trimester system, and students typically enroll in five to six courses per trimester. Class periods are affectionately known as "dots" (periods), and have a fixed schedule changing between four and three classes a day. The fall and spring term schedules include a half day every week on Wednesday, a late start every Thursday, and occasional Saturday classes. The Winter term schedule is based on half days Tuesday through Friday to make time for athletics, mainly the On-Snow Competition programs.
The Academic Skills Center is a special academic support program where students work closely with a learning specialist to develop learning strategies and skills.
Gould's high school teams compete in the MAISAD league of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council. Most sports also branch outside of the league and conference. Fall Sports include Cross Country Running, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Mountain Biking, Soccer, the Outing Club, and Yearbook. Winter Sports include Basketball, Snowboarding (competitive and not), Alpine Skiing (competitive and not), Freestyle Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Learning to Ski, Rugrats, and the Outing Club. Spring sports are Baseball, Equestrian, Lacrosse, Road Cycling, Skateboarding, Softball, Tennis and the Outing Club.
On-Snow Competition Program
The On-Snow Competition Program includes Alpine, Snowboard, Freestyle, and Nordic Skiing. The program is designed to prepare athletes to compete at the highest levels in every age group. A winter term is available for 8th grade students, from Thanksgiving through March.
Special class schedules and flexibility are available for students competing in the program, especially during the winter.
At the end of the winter trimester, each Class pursues a week-long assignment called Four Point, designed to emphasize experiential learning outside of the classroom. Ninth grade students travel abroad as a class, Tenth grade students engage in community service on or near campus, Eleventh grade students take a class winter camping trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and Twelfth grade students take on an independent project.
Gould's 436 acre campus is located in the town of Bethel, Maine, just on the Western edge of "Bethel Village". Bethel sits in the Androscoggin River Valley, with the Sunday River Ski Resort 6 miles up the road and New Hampshire's White Mountains about 20 miles to the west.
- Hanscom Hall
- Main academic building
- Constructed in 1933, Renovated multiple times over the years
- Marlon Family IDEAS Center (B1)
- Newly added in 2016 as part of the basement floor renovation
- Wood Shop
- Digital fabrication shop
- Class collaboration space
- Student study/cafe area
- Campus store
- Sanborn Family Library (1F)
- Renovated in 2012
- Meeting rooms
- Designated quiet & casual study areas
- Photography studio
- Academics Skills Center (2F)
- College Counselling Office (2F)
- Areas of Study
- English Studies Program
- World Languages
- Visual Arts
- McLaughlin Science Center
- Science & Mathematics building
- Constructed in 2002
- Labs: Physics, Chemistry, Biology
- Trustees Auditorium (1F): 56-seat auditorium for smaller community events
- Facilities: server room, greenhouse
- Owen Art Gallery
- Visual Arts building
- Exhibition space, printing shop, metal design shop, blacksmith shop, workspace
- Bingham Hall
- Auditorium for morning assemblies and other community events
- Performing Arts building
- Constructed in 1921, Renovated in 1963
- Band room (B1)
- William Bingham Gym (1F)
- Music Classrooms (1F, 2F)
- Davidson Hall
- Named after Sidney W. Davidson, 4th Headmaster
- Boys' Dormitory
- Constructed in 1971
- First Floor, Second Floor, Second Floor
- Room Types: Single, Double, Quad
- Community Color: Orange
- Holden Hall
- Named after Liberty Emery Holden, Class of 1853
- Boys' Dormitory
- Constructed in 1939, Renovated in 2019
- Room Types: Single, Double, Triple
- Basement Floor, First Floor, Second Floor
- Basement Floor used for on-snow athletes
- Community Color: Black
- Gehring Hall
- Named after Marian True Gehring
- Girls' Dormitory
- Constructed in 1927, Renovated in 1998
- Room Types: Single, Double
- Basement Floor, First Floor, Second Floor, Third Floor, Fourth Floor
- The basement floor used to be the school cafeteria until Ordway Dining Hall was built in 1998
- Community Color: Pink
The Farnsworth Field House is a multi-purpose complex that his home to Lombard Basketball Court, a fitness and weight-training center, an athletic training room, a trampoline room, an indoor skate park, two tennis courts, and a team room. Outdoors are four tennis courts, four full-sized athletic fields, an artificial turf field, a baseball and softball diamond, and an 18-hole golf course at the Bethel Inn Resort.
The on-snow competition programs utilize Sunday River for training. There are 40 km of trails connecting directly to campus utilized for running, mountain biking, and groomed for Nordic Skiing in the winter.
About 250 students attend Gould. 45% of the student body come from Maine; 22% of the student body are local day-students. 26% of Gould's student body is international, while 15% of students come from New England states other than Maine and 14% come from US States outside of New England. Domestic students of color represent 5% of the community. About 30% of students compete in the On-Snow Competition program.
In the Class of 2011, 43 students (63% of the class) took 134 AP exams by the end of their junior and senior years combined. 56% earned a 3 or better, and 34% earned a 4 or 5. 99% of the graduating class matriculates at four-year colleges and universities.
Headmasters of the School
|1||Nathaniel T. True||1835–1861||??|
|2||Frank E. Hanscom||1897–1936|||
|3||Elwood F. Ireland||1937–1947|
|4||Sidney W. Davidson||1947–1959|
|6||William P. Clough III||1983–2001|||
|10||TBA in September 2019||2020-|
|James S. Wiley||c. 1832||U.S. Representative from Maine, 1847–1849|
|La Fayette Grover||1838||Fourth Governor of Oregon, member of the United States House of Representatives and served member of the United States Senate|||
|Margaret Joy Tibbetts||1937||United States Ambassador to Norway 1964–1969|
|Richard Dysart||1948||American actor, known for his role as Leland McKenzie on the NBC legal drama L.A. Law|||
|Robin McKinley||1970||Author of Newbery Medal winning novel The Hero and the Crown|
|Matt Bevin||1983||Governor of Kentucky|
|Arn Chorn-Pond||1985||Human Rights Activist|||
|Jackie Passo||2000||Mogul Skier, FWT Athlete, Xtreme Verbier Champion|||
|Park Bom||2001||Main vocalist of K-pop group 2NE1|||
|Troy Murphy||2010||Freestyle Skier, US Ski Team|
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The archives are being placed on long-term loan to the society which, with its newly completed Mary E. Valentine Collections Wing, is in a position to carefully monitor and maintain the archives while also making it available for display and study purposes, according to a BHS press release.
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